Tea Partying with a Purpose: Bass Cabaret Supports Women's Empowerment at its Mad Tea Party

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In the wake of October’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month, an initiative organized by Bass Cabaret proves that there is such a thing as partying with a purpose. The variety-show-turned-dance party, now in its seventh installment, features burlesque dancers, bass music, and interactive areas at every show, but their November 22 event will do much more than that by encouraging guests to support women's empowerment initiatives.

Bass Cabaret's upcoming event, the Queen of Pearls' Mad Tea Party, nods to the classic Lewis Carroll books Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. In keeping with the Wonderland spirit of questioning social norms, the event will challenge gender stereotypes by featuring an all-female DJ lineup alongside male burlesque and acrobatic performers. In addition, the event will include a runway fashion show featuring the self-proclaimed androgynous fashion line by RITUAL fashion, acrobatics, contortion, a hookah lounge, and of course, a "mad" tea party room connected to the 500-person dance party.

Within the tea room, guests will be served in a traditional gongfu tea ceremony by Wonderland-appropriate characters. The tea itself will be free, but in order to enter the tea room, guests must send a message to their social networks using hashtag #voiceshavepower, which will generate $3 via the HopeLine program from Verizon towards initiatives to end domestic abuse. Guests can use suggested messages which focus on positive affirmations that support women's empowerment including, “Everyone deserves a safe & respectful relationship.” or “Like a pearl, you are resilient.” Guests may then show a host their status update to be admitted to this special room celebrating feminine beauty and resilience.

The woman behind Bass Cabaret, PartyGirl Pearl, believes that her cabaret and variety show can serve as a platform for women's empowerment as well as men's through performance and play. "Burlesque encourages performers -- no matter the gender identity -- to reveal an intimate part of themselves to an audience. Burlesque can stand on its own as an empowering art form."

But she takes it a step further. "I believe that sparking a conversation on domestic and dating violence is a great start to affecting real change in our society as we strive for healthier relationships and sex positivity in our communities.”

The event will be held at Mighty, voted one of San Francisco’s best dance clubs, on Saturday November 22 starting at 10pm. Tickets are on sale now at http://basscabaret.eventbrite.com/.

About Bass Cabaret

Bass Cabaret is a seductive burlesque and variety show set to booty-shaking bass music, bringing the electronic music and the performing arts scenes together in a beautiful collision of the best talent and people from the Bay area and beyond. This unique costume party and show features theatrical elements weaved into a dance party, and each one features a distinct theme from an era past — or perhaps one imagined. More than just a party, Bass Cabaret supports the ideals of Burning Man, rave culture, sex positivity, and women’s empowerment.

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